Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze said in an interview with Ukrinform, Censor.NET reports.
"I am afraid this decision [the continuation of economic sanctions - ed.] will be a complex issue. Russia is actively working to ensure that the various political forces in different European countries lobby for the lifting or easing of sanctions despite the fact Russia does not fulfill its obligations and continues to violate all principles of international law, that is, despite all the obvious things," Klympush-Tsyntsadze said.
She stressed that experts, politicians and journalists have to act as one and "explain in a reasoned manner the essence of why the sanctions were imposed and why it is so important to continue them."
As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.
The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
The Russian Federation introduced a package of retaliation restrictions against the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
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